My Favorite Vegetarian & Vegan Cookbooks

Goodness knows I love cooking almost all kinds of meals. Years ago, I attempted to be vegan but it was not a good choice for my health (I had chronic anemia). I immediately switched back to eating meats and dairy but I still enjoy vegetarian/vegan meals from time to time. They make good additions to my regular meals (doctors advise me to add more pounds, which means I have to eat more). On top of that, I love making them! I have to be honest though, I cannot rely on my creativity to make good veggie meals. Well, cookbooks to the rescue!

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July – September in Retrospect

Hey there! So it’s been three whole months since I last updated this blog. Whoops! Three months flew by so quick but A LOT has happened during this period. I didn’t mean to be absent for such a long time but oh well, life happens. I’m still trying to keep everything balanced but sometimes it’s hard to juggle life and passion, ie. blogging.

I went to solitary mode a lot these past three months, no kidding. Basically I took absent from life and didn’t care much about doing anything except self-healing (say whaat?!). Before I jump any further I just want to say that I am fine. I am not going through depression or anxiety (I would be honest about it if I was). That being said, I am also not entirely well. I’ve been facing some internal conflicts and health issues and whenever I go through some heavy stuff, my body will alarm me to take a break. I am glad I followed my heart.

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5 Leadership Lessons I Learned from Dog Sitting

Two weeks ago I was dogsitting my friend’s 6 month-old Corgi, Bay, for a week. I had never owned a dog prior to that, let alone dog-sitting. I love dogs though. They’re smart, loyal, and they make awesome companions to us humans. I was hesitant at first but with the help of my man I could pretty much master dog-sitting in a matter of one day! Dog-sitting was no simple task but I got lucked out because my friend’s dog was an obedient fur-kid. He made it easy for a first-timer like me to take care of him. That one week experience gave me the idea of the kind of commitment one should consider when owning a dog. Owning a dog (and generally all pets) requires good leadership skills but people often dismiss this. Owning a dog teaches you a lot more things than you think. Leadership is one of them. You’ll be surprised at the things that your dog “teaches” you about being a great leader.

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My Iron Deficiency Anemia Story

Hey peeps! I hope you’re all doing great! Things are well on my end – I’m currently enjoying a cup of hot coffee and some Jazz music. Can’t complain about life right now 😀

I don’t know if you notice but I haven’t posted any workout or health-related posts in a while. I took some “time off” from writing health posts because I’ve been sick since last August. I wrote about it briefly in this post. Don’t worry, I am now healthy and am back in my normal crazy self! XD

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Bali is Paradise: Shinto Spa Ubud

When I visited Bali last December (see my previous Bali post here), I dragged my man to try a new spa in Ubud called Shinto Spa. I first discovered about this spa from an Indonesian magazine and as a spa lover for life I knew I had to go there.

Shinto Spa does not kid when it says it’s the best Japanese-themed spa in Bali. Although it has a higher price point compared to other local spas, their price justifies the kind of service that you receive. I’m a firm believer that cheaper price doesn’t always mean better deal – sometimes price speaks quality. First of all, the place is neat and clean – this is the standard that I always go for everytime I go to a spa. Second, they have trained masseuses and beauticians. I was already aware that this spa fell on a high-end category so I knew what I got myself into (big splurge).

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Gym Diary: Cardio, HIIT, Abs

Hi friendssss!

I finally get around to writing a fitness post. So here I present you, my first Gym Diary!

Today I did normal (steady state) cardio, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), and abs workout. While cardio is important, I don’t believe in long steady-state cardio session (eg. hours of treadmill sesh). By far a combo of normal cardio and HIIT works effectively for me. Not only did I improve my endurance, I also improved my overall strength and got results quicker.

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Power Smoothie Recipe: Avocado Chocolate Protein Smoothie!

Ola!

As the title suggests, today I will be sharing a smoothie recipe! And it’s not just an ordinary smoothie, it’s a Power Smoothie! I call it power smoothie because it gives me a boost of energy. This smoothie is very versatile, you can drink it anytime you like. For me, it’s my go-to smoothie when I want a quick breakfast or when I feel hungry during the day. It also serves as a great pre and post-workout drink. When you drink this as a pre-workout, allow at least 30 minutes for your body to digest.

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Recipe Alert: Iced Jasmine Tea Lemonade

I’m not a huge tea drinker but lately I have been chugging teas (namely iced teas) like nobody’s business. Not sure why the sudden crave – Jakarta’s hot weather could be part of the reasons. Anyways, today I was in the mood of creating new cold drink and I came up with this Iced Jasmine Tea Lemonade recipe! It’s super simple and I’m sure you already have most ingredients stocked in your pantry and fridge.
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